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July 17th 2013
Published: July 17th 2013
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Notre Dame CathedralNotre Dame CathedralNotre Dame Cathedral

With wonderful gothic vaulted ceiling and stained glass windows
Dan, Anita, Cherie, Neil and Karilyn headed off to Bergerac Airport to drop Cherie off for her to fly back to the UK. It has been lovely having her and it surely must have been great for Karilyn to have her girls with her for her birthday. While they did that, Jo, Gary, Lindsay and I went to Bergerac and met the others a little later at the Information Centre where we picked up information for tomorrow and what to see in Bergerac today.

There was a walking tour that you could do in the town so we did that. Bergerac is not a large city and it was nice not to have to find our way around something large. It sits across the Dordogne River with an Old Town (as usual) on one side. There was a market on today so we were able to wander through the wares and feel we got thoroughly ripped off buying some olives, tapenade and dried tomatoes for tonight's dinner but it sure was yummy! The town is very picturesque with many small garden adorned with flowers and shrubs. There were also decorations up everywhere strung across streets, from buildings, from the cathedral
Olives, tapenades and other goodiesOlives, tapenades and other goodiesOlives, tapenades and other goodies

But, they were way over priced!
tower and anything else they could find to hang them on. They were simply blue and white or red and yellow plastic bags (possibly the corners, not sure) gathered up and placed at intervals along a wire then strung up. We imagine that they may have remained from Bastille Day.

What set this town apart from some of the others was the standard that most of the really old buildings had been restored to. There were half timber houses, stone houses and buildings, narrow streets, squares and fountains. The streets were well paved and footpaths in good repair - not like some we've seen. So, all in all, a good experience and worth the visit.

Since it has been yet another very hot day we decided that we would go back to the gite and relax with a swim, read, watch Le Tour, or whatever. It sure beat traipsing around on hot footpaths.

It's home made pizza for dinner so hopefully the oven works better that the stove top.

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